Cliven Bundy, the Nevada cattle rancher who has had an extended standoff with the authorities from the federal government, was the American poster-boy for those who feel the federal government is way too big in these times. Now, he is like the poster on a wall that has been torn down, tossed in the trash and burned. After impressing many with his gutsiness to stand up to the big bad guys in the government, he lost much respect after speaking the rest of his mind on issues that affect Americans, according to a Yahoo! News report on Thursday.
After a week of being the media darling by being praised by hordes of media and American citizens who liked his actions, he is now rejected due to comments he made since he first splattered across headlines. Bundy has now insinuated that he believes African-Americans were better off as slaves than they are in current society. Bundy asserted that African-Americans are basically on government subsidy. Now - sounding like a character out of a 150-year-old novel – Bundy has claimed that African-Americans abort their young children and put their young men in jail because they never learned how to pick cotton.
Bundy continued to opine, according to a CNN report on Friday, that he has often wondered if African-Americans are better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things – rather than being under government subsidy. Bundy said that that segment of society didn’t get any more freedom. He says that they got less freedom.
Since those harsh words, labeled throughout as extremely racist, Bundy spoke at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. He now says he is opposed to slavery. He tried to clarify his racist remarks by saying the “Negros” – as he continually called them during his speak – are not slaves anymore. He says that these days African-Americans seem to be slaves to the welfare system.
Cliven Bundy told the media that it really doesn’t matter to him if his words are twisted. What matters, he said, is that his heart goes out to the people of this world and that they understand what he stands for. Since his racist comments, many high-profile conservative politicians - such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus - have denounced Bundy for his racist comments.